Running in the water is a great way of improving your condition and has minimal impact on your joints too. Do it in the shallow end of the pool and try and keep your back straight. Begin by walking fast in the water and then move on to jogging. Gradually increase your speed and duration. You could also join a water aerobics class too.
You need to be quite a good swimmer to swim without straining your back. Avoid doing just breaststroke as it arches your back and avoid keeping your head up as it will put strain on your neck and upper back. Front crawl or alternatively backstroke will work. Again, begin slowly.
If you can’t get out on your bike, an exercise bike is a great way of keeping fit all year round. A semi-recumbent one is best as it supports your back.
While walking is good for you, you do need to walk quite fast to get your heart rate up, sweat and improve your aerobic fitness. It is a good low impact form of exercise, so it won’t have a detrimental effect on your joints, but do make sure you wear good supportive footwear.
Pilates or yoga
These are great forms of exercise that focus on stretching and strengthening the whole body, to improve balance, strength, posture and flexibility.
There’s an exercise out there for all of us to enjoy!